Glenwood Springs City Council agenda is jam-packed tonight |

Glenwood Springs City Council agenda is jam-packed tonight

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – City Council is in for a long day today, with work sessions covering a range of topics from fireworks funding and the Grand Avenue Bridge to solar farms.

During the regular session tonight, council is expected to take action related to the city’s goals with the planned bridge work, a commitment to move to the design phase for a new downtown library, and supporting the Roaring Fork School District mill levy override ballot initiative.

The fireworks discussion is slated for 11:30 a.m. in the council chambers. It follows up on the scramble earlier this summer to come up with a mix of public and private funding to cover the cost of the traditional July 4th fireworks display.

Council will be discussing options to continue funding for the fireworks in future years.

At 5 p.m., council takes up its work session with state transportation officials regarding plans to rebuild or replace the Grand Avenue Bridge. The Colorado Department of Transportation has launched an extensive public process to weigh the various engineering and design options.

Another work session at 6 p.m. features a presentation by Tim Braun of the Community Solar Collective on the potential for including local solar gardens in the city’s utility rate tariff.

The regular City Council session follows at 7 p.m. with planned discussion and action on the bridge and school mill levy. Another resolution on the agenda deals with new Glenwood Springs Community Center fees for 2012, as recommended by the city Parks and Recreation Commission.

A proposed ordinance related to the library project would commit the city to its share of the schematic design costs, and authorize the city to transfer the property at Eighth Street and Cooper Avenue to the Garfield County Public Library District for the new branch library.

Council is also slated to ratify its goals for 2011-2013, as discussed in a previous work session over the summer. Among the goals are to:

• Eliminate unwarranted process barriers to economic development.

• Implement a strategy for new business development.

• Develop a strategy for traffic mitigation.

• Establish a vision and strategy for the confluence area development.

• Determine the best approach to shared services as it pertains to fire services.

• Advance plans for a new library.

• Establish wastewater rates in order to cover bond payments for the new treatment plant.

The Glenwood Springs City Council work sessions and meeting takes place at City Hall, 101 W. Eighth St.

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